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Furman’s Hartness Organ Series presents free concert on March 17

Black man and white man with pipe organ in background, Jamarcus Gaston '07 and Charles Tompkins
Jamarcus Gaston '07 (left) and Charles Tompkins (right).

Furman University alumnus Jamarcus Gaston ’07 (music and communication studies), host of “Your Carolina,” paid a visit to his alma mater to get a preview of Charles Tompkins’ upcoming recital, which takes place Thursday, March 17, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Chapel. The concert coincides with St. Patrick’s Day and marks Tompkins’ 19th recital as part of the Hartness Organ Series. Tompkins, professor of music and university organist, offered background on the 2,929-pipe Hartness Organ and displayed the coordination required to play the behemoth crafted by C.B. Fisk in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The program includes music by Sweelinck, J.S. Bach, Vierne and Price, as well as Vincent Persichetti’s 1960 “Sonata for Organ,” and Irish melodies and hymns in homage to St. Patrick. Furman voice students Laura Woody and John Potvin will also perform at the event, which is free and open to the public.

View the full interview and see Tompkins in action at Livin’ Upstate, a production of WSPA 7News.

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